CH Oxidative Addition to a (PNP)Ir Center and Ligand-Induced Reversal of Benzyl/Aryl Selectivity Academic Article uri icon


  • The (PNP)Ir fragment displays a thermodynamic preference for the oxidative addition of aromatic vs benzylic C - H bonds. However, in the case of the mesitylene activation products, the benzylic isomer is kinetically accessible and can be trapped by an external donor ligand. The preference for the benzylic isomer in the six-coordinate Ir(III) adduct of mesitylene activation is ascribed to steric factors. 2007 American Chemical Society.

published proceedings

  • Organometallics

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhu, Y., Fan, L., Chen, C., Finnell, S. R., Foxman, B. M., & Ozerov, O. V.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Zhu, Yanjun||Fan, Lei||Chen, Chun-Hsing||Finnell, Shannon R||Foxman, Bruce M||Ozerov, Oleg V

publication date

  • December 2007